Coconut

Botanically speaking, coconut is considered a fruit and we have plenty of them here in South East Asia. Coconut water is not only sweet and refreshing, having it together with its meat is even better!

Always a hit during a hot and sunny day!

It is true that the not a single part of the coconut tree goes to waste. The leaves can be weaved into thatch roofs, baskets, and hats. While the trunk can be made into building material or a makeshift bridge, the husks can be made into mulch.

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Pineapple

The Chinese community in Malaysia often relates this tropical fruit to one that brings riches. This is because the pineapple is called “Ong Lai” in the Hokkien dialect which means “prosperity has arrived”.

Perhaps hanging a painting of pineapples in your home might bring you lots of riches?

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Banana

This is a common tropical fruit – the banana. I don’t need to elaborate how nutritious this fruit is.

It is so full of energy that sportsmen can be seen having one between intervals during tournaments.

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Durian – Musang King

Dubbed the King of Durian (and Fruits), the Musang King is the most sought after variety of durian cultivated by the Malaysian durian farmers. The Musang King durian fruit can be identified by a “star” at the bottom of the fruit. It is believed that the best fruit to complement the durian is the mangosteen – also known as the Queen of Fruits probably due to that reason. Apparently, the number of “petals” on the flower like structure at the bottom of the mangosteen determines the number of pulp inside the fruit. In the Asian culture, the “cooling” mangosteen neutralizes the “heatiness” of the durian when eaten together. Alternatively, drinking water off the durian husk can also reduce the “heat”.

Amongst the elders, it is said that many have pawned their belongings just to satisfy their insatiable craving when the durian fruits are in season.

It is no wonder why the durian is the King of Fruits!

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